Devi argues that we can get smart about how we use colour by learning from animals. And the insights we can gain are not limited to enhancing beauty or getting a message across. Colour in nature has inspired technological innovation from machine vision to colour changing bandages. Devi opens our eyes to a world of colour beyond the narrow range that humans can see, and a world of possibilities.
Devi Stuart-Fox is a biologist with a passion for colour. She has travelled the globe to find out how and why nature’s diversity of colour evolved – and for this quest, she has chosen to focus on lizards – from colour changing chameleons in South Africa to Bornean gliding lizards and dragon lizards on Australia’s barren inland salt pans. She is currently an academic at the University of Melbourne and won the 2013 L’Oreal-UNESCO ‘In the footsteps of Marie Curie’ prize for women in science.